"Junto helped us uncover what our main focus is and should be, and gave us direction to get there."

Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."

Time is the most precious resource that I wish I had more of.

What are you working on right now?

We’re rebranding, refocusing, and re-energizing our company. Junto helped us uncover what our main focus is and should be, and gave us direction to get there.

What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?

I like to think that I’ve heightened my level of overall awareness in trying to think and focus on how others want to be treated. I’m not the best at executing it yet, but I’m more aware of how I feel, taking charge of those emotions, thinking about how I want to feel, and where I fit in on the emotion wheel.

What is your superpower?

Optimism. My glass isn’t just half full, it’s always full.

What is your most memorable Junto moment?

During the retreat in January, Tony Wilkins gave a talk about Engineering Serendipity - how amazing life can be, and how dots start to get connected in such a cool way. It almost feels like there’s a reason for all the chaos around me, because we all engineer our own fate and luck.

What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?

My dad’s story about how he immigrated here. He was my first mentor and I still look up to him.

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How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?

We bring Big Box merchandising ideas to corner retailers across America. We better the customer shopping experience and increase per square foot revenue plus profits for the store owner.

What have you learned about yourself participating in Junto?

Since I was a kid, I tended to battle stuff on my own and keep my thoughts to myself. I didn’t open up until Junto - being vulnerable and talking through my emotions, especially in Forums, has made me a stronger individual.

What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?

The first one is ethics and moral courage. Doing the right thing all the time is hard, and having the courage to do it is difficult, but it’s amazing to see a leader step up and take ownership of something. The second one is compassion and care. Leaders should connect with others by showing empathy and treating them the way they want to be treated.

What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?

For business, Traction. It was a conversation starter for my partners and I to talk about the systems within our business. For non-business, How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life.